RESIDENTS can now review Selby District Council’s financial plans, as the authority sets its budgets for the next year.
Information about the council’s current financial position, as well as a review of plans for the future, is available via a link from the homepage of the council’s website.
The council is asking for people to comment on these plans, as part of the budget setting process over the coming weeks. This consultation will run until Friday February 1. Email the council via email@example.com, use Twitter to air your views, or write c/o Budget Consultation, Civic Centre, Doncaster Road, Selby, YO8 9FT.
A spokesman said: “Making savings is not new for the council - we have already been through a restructure, which has split the commissioning of services from the delivery of services, to improve productivity and efficiency. These innovative and far-reaching changes, implemented quickly, have already saved £1.3million from the council’s base budget and that’s on top of £700,000 worth of other savings achieved since April 2011.
“However continuing cuts in central government funding mean that we have to take a hard look at the things we spend money on and that means some tough decisions are needed to balance the books for next year and beyond.
“The general economic uncertainty is also having an impact on the day-to-day finances of the council, with reduced return from investments and higher than expected inflation.”
Comments made by members of the public as part of this budget review will be considered by councillors as they set the spending plans for the next twelve months.
SDC leader, Coun Mark Crane, said, “We’ve achieved a lot over by working in new ways to deliver significant savings and we’ve had a lot of success.
“But the pressure remains. We expect to receive a lower amount of Council Tax income this year - that’s because of the changes to Council Tax benefit. From April this will be a discount rather than a benefit, which means that it comes directly off the Council Tax income we collect. We also know it’s tough for everyone at the moment, with rising bills and inflation alongside continued uncertainty over the national economic outlook. We need to be mindful of all this in setting our budgets for next year.
The council makes a final decision on the budget for 2013/14 at a meeting on Tuesday February 26.
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